Archive for the ‘Raspberry Pi’ Category

A friend of mine recently returned from working in the US for 3 years, where he’d got to like listening to Internet radio using Pandora. He wanted to get things set up so that he could listen to Pandora on his kitchen stereo. Challenge #1 – be in the US Pandora uses IP geolocation to […]


I first came across the BeagleBone when Roger Monk presented at OSHUG #18 in April 2012. It was easy at the time to write it off  as too expensive and too underpowered – the Raspberry Pi was finally shipping and the lucky first 2000 already had their $35 computers whilst the rest of us waited for […]


Shiva Iyer at Packt Publishing kindly sent me a review copy of Instant OpenELEC Starter. It’s an ebook with a list price of £5.99, and I was able to download .pdf and .mobi versions (with an .epub option too). It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback (£12.99) and for Kindle (£6.17). The book is […]


Over the past week or so my automated build engine for OpenELEC on the Raspberry Pi hasn’t been working. XBMC has grown to a point where it will no longer build on a machine with 1GB RAM. Normal services has now been resumed, as the good people at GreenQloud kindly increased my VM from t1.milli […]


I’ve been very happy with the results from my Raspberry Pi controlled water bath for sous vide cooking, but I knew that the control loop could be improved. Past runs show fairly continued oscillation: I’ve been keeping track of the average power for my control loop, which has been coming out at 22%. So i […]


Two years ago I took my son along to Maker Faire UK in Newcastle (which is where I grew up). This year the whole family came along. Whilst I queued with the kids for the ‘laser caper'[1] my wife went along to a talk by Clive from the Raspberry Pi Team. I can’t blame her […]


Last week I cooked tri-tip with my Raspberry Pi controlled water bath. This week I used a much more ordinary cut, some topside from my local Co-Op supermarket that had cost me just over £5 for 1.6kg. Some time ago I stopped buying this kind of meat because if you cook it per the instructions […]


I cooked tri-tip with my Raspberry Pi controlled sous vide water bath today. It came out brilliantly – on a par with the best Chateaubriand I’ve had (which for the record was at Casa Ferlin in Zurich – well worth a visit if you’re ever in that neck of the woods). The meat I got […]


Sous vide steak

02Apr13

After making my Raspberry Pi controlled hot water bath over the weekend I’ve been itching to try it out. I got my chance this evening when cooking some steak for dinner. I get my steaks mail order from Donald Russell, so they come shock frozen and vacuum packed – so the ‘sous vide’ part is […]


Temperature control for a sous vide water bath is a popular application for hobbyist microcontroller kits, with lots of well documented projects out there. My favourite is the Sous Vader – if only for the attention to detail in the decal on the box. I’ve been planning my own for a little while, and got […]